New portal gives open access to Danish energy data

A new online portal in Denmark provides open access to the country’s energy data.

The Energy Data Service will share near real-time aggregated energy consumption data for all Danish municipalities, as well data on CO2 emissions, energy production and the electricity market, Energy Live News reports.

State-owned gas and electricity operator Energinet and the Danish Government hope the new service will trigger innovation in smart, data-led solutions for energy efficiency.

Developers, entrepreneurs and companies will be able to access and use the data to create apps and other smart data services that help consumers use energy more efficiently and flexibly, saving them money on their energy bills and cutting their carbon footprint.

According to Energyzine, the current version of the Energy Data Service includes API (Application Programme Interface) access to all raw data and downloadable data sets in regular formats (CSV and Excel), as well as user guides, contextual information and descriptions of data sets, and an online discussion forum for questions and knowledge sharing.

Peder Ø. Andreasen, CEO of Energinet, said that the Energy Data Service will enable the development of innovative data-based solutions that empower consumers to be smarter with how they use energy. “For example, an electric car that knows when there is spare capacity on the electricity grid, making it a good time to charge itself. Or an app that helps local authorities understand energy consumption patterns in social housing so they can make improvements that will save money and cut carbon,” he explained.

Quoted by the Energy Saving Association, Andreasen said: “For the data to really benefit society, it is not enough that it can be downloaded manually. It must be made available in a form that allows it to be automatically included in products and services. In that way, our energy consumption can be smarter and more advanced in the future electricity system.”

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